Welp. It’s finally happened.
According to WWE.com, members of WWE’s The Revival: Dash Wilder (Real name: Daniel Marshall Wheeler) and Scott Dawson (Real name: David Michael Harwood), have been granted their release by WWE.
Here is the official announcement by WWE:
Effective today, Friday April 10, 2020, WWE and The Revival have agreed on their immediate release from WWE. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
The current belief is that the duo will be heading to All Elite Wrestling, as soon as they are legally allowed to, as they will have to wait 90 days via WWE’s Non-Compete Clause.
AEW is in desperate need of new tag teams, especially one’s that are varied in style. Wilder and Dawson would be walking into AEW with the same mission as they did in NXT and that is to change the game.
It should be noted that before their release, both men applied for trademarks for: “Top Guys”, “Say Yeah!”, and “No Flips, Just Fists”.
Wilder and Dawson began teaming together in early 2014, and would go on to gain critical acclaim for their run in WWE’s NXT brand. In a world where superkicks, and high flying spots were becoming the standard for professional wrestling tag teams, The Revival had one simple creed: “No Flips, Just Fists.” With this moniker, they went on to pay homage to the old days of “real wrestling” and save us from the world of “spot monkeys”.
From their in-ring style, their theme song, their gear, and simply to the way they walked to the ring, The Revival were so different from everyone else around them. They weren’t flashy, they weren’t over the top in their promos, and they weren’t known for doing insane dives. They were two tough dudes, and you always knew someone was about to get hurt when they walked in.
Fans and wrestling critics alike loved their style in the ring, as it was a call back to a more traditional style of wrestling. Their matches weren’t spot fests, they were intense- technical bouts. The team will most likely be remembered most for their classic matches with teams such as Enzo and Cass, American Alpha, and of course DIY.
The main roster run for the duo did not go as many thought it would, with them quickly getting lost in the shuffle and their mystique eviscerated. Even with that said, the team leaves WWE as:
2x RAW Tag Team Champions, 1x SmackDown Tag Team Champions, and 2x NXT Tag Team Champions. Making them the first Triple-Crown Tag Team Champions.
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